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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Vocal Constructivists, “Walking Still” (Innova). The most beautiful piece, by far, on this wonderful collection of experimental works by the ensemble The Vocal Constructivists is Ron... Read More

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ben Capps, cello, Ossia, Music of Bach, Schumann and Fitzenhagen (LP Classics). “Ossia” means “alternate,” and the gutsy and adventurous Ben Capps has three on the disc. Th... Read More

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jazz Mark Elf, “Returns 2014” (Jen Bay Records). There’s quite a story here. This is popular jazz guitarist Mark Elf’s return to recording after an eight year silence on di... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, September 28, 2014

Branford Marsalis wrote a note to Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead following this legendary show in March 1990, describing the sets of music he shared with the Dead as one of the musical highlights o... Read More

Sunday, September 28, 2014

John Coltrane, “Offering: Live at Temple University” (Impulse/Resonance, two discs). An 18-year-old Michael Brecker was in the audience of 700 that heard this concert by John Coltrane on... Read More

Thursday, September 25, 2014

JazzTony Bennett, Lady GagaCheek to Cheek[Columbia/Interscope]∆∆∆Tony Bennett built his considerable reputation on the strength of his nuanced approach to jazz singing. Bennett ha... Read More

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JazzThe Stanley Clarke Band“Up”[Mack Avenue]3 starsYou have to smile a little at Stanley Clarke’s self-description on his website. He calls himself a “liberator of the elec... Read More

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JazzCharlie Haden and Jim HallCharlie Haden-Jim Hall[Impulse]4 starsA proposition with which only a blithering fool would argue: “This album,” writes Bad Plus pianist and disc notater Et... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Buffalo is fortunate for our two celebrated chamber choirs, Vocalis and Harmonia, which is something of a spinoff of the older group. Artistic Director Robert Pacillo is a longtime fan of the Tridenti... Read More

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jazz Kiki Ebsen “Scarecrow Sessions” [Painted Pony Media] 3 stars There are no less than two heart-rending tales attached to this new disc by the daughter of the great film and TV act... Read More
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